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January 5, 2011

Saddle Up

Rattlesnakes still saunter by the side of the road in east Texas, but the biggest of them all doesn't want to be there: Microsoft. Continuing its crusade against the local cottage industry of patent lawyers and barbequed jurisprudence in EDTX, Microsoft got another case uprooted, this time to its home turf in western Washington. This after the limey plaintiff had bothered with the ruse of a shell company in Tyler Texas. The convenience of witnesses, notably corporate defense witnesses, places a heavy thumb on the scales to transfer. (CAFC 10-m944; precedential)

Posted by Patent Hawk at January 5, 2011 1:07 PM | Litigation


Looks like Microsoft is having more luck in the courts lately. If more patent infringement defendants can continue to succeed in transferring venue, then that may eventually serve as a serious disincentive for both would-be patent trolls and patent marking trolls to sue so profligately.

Posted by: patent litigation at January 11, 2011 1:22 PM